Monday, September 27, 2010

“The Mudville Heritage,” “Joe Louis,” “Eddie Shore” and more

Dr. Harvey Frommer The Book Review

The variety and range of sports books is seemingly endless. Big time publishers and writers along with smaller companies and less known scribes are all out there producing mostly quality products. What follows are a few cases in point."The Mudville Heritage" by Tristram Potter Coffin (gotta love that name) from Rvive Books, $15.00, paper, 171 pages is yet another re-issue of a wondrous tome first published in 1971. Anecdotes galore about the national pastime and many of its heroes grace the pages of this unique book.

"Joe Louis" by Randy Roberts (Yale University Press, is a long over-due book updating the role of the Brown Bomber in American sports and culture. Roberts has done his homework and we are the better for it. First hand interviews, and careful research blend together. The book is a knockout!

For the golf guys out there -"Golf and Philosophy edited by Andy Wible (University of Kentucky, $35.00, 275 pages) is all about lessons from the links. A range of contributors have their say on all kinds of philosophical implications the game has to offer. "Mr. Hogan, the man I Knew" by Kris Tschetter (Gotham, $22.50, 223 pages) is a bit over-priced for its size, but that's publishing. The author, an LPGA touring pro since 1988, lays it out nicely - -her relationship with a legend when both were at different phases of their life and golf game."Eddie Shore" by C. Michael Hiam (McClelland & Stewart, $27.95, 352 pages) is a wonder of a book about one of the true legends of hockey, of all sports. We are truly there and up close and personal with the man who came out of the Canadian prairie to impact hockey as few before or since have.

"Find A Way by Merrill Hoge (Center Street, $21.99, 205 pages) is his story of fighting back and beating all kinds of challenges and obstacles throughout his life including cancer. A former NFL running back and now an ESPN sportscaster, Hoge found a way. Moving reading.

Harvey Frommer is in his 34th consecutive year of writing sports books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 41 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium, an oral/narrative history (Abrams, Stewart, Tabori and Chang) was published in 2008 as well as a reprint version of his classic "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball." Frommer's newest work CELEBRATING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION is next.
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